Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hiking trip

Bozeman, MT, USA

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Karina Safari
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May 27 - 31, 2021
Group size: 8 - 10
Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hiking trip
Bozeman, MT, USA

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
36 reviews

$NaN
May 27 - 31, 2021
Group size: 8 - 10

About this trip

Join a Team of Fellow Hikers & Travelers on exploring unique volcanic landscapes of Yellowstone National Park, MT and classic Wild West mountain scenery of Grand Teton National Park, WY.


Yellowstone National Park has approximately half of the world's geysers, fumaroles, hot steams  and mudpots - you can find them all here (enjoy this park without crowds this year!)

Grand Teton National Park, a home to several varieties of hikes, vast backcountry that expose the valley and the Teton range, is the perfect place for photographers, painters and landscape enthusiasts. The scenery will blow your mind away!

Learn about the rich history, geology and ecology of the region, stories and legends of native people of the region.

Enjoy a recreational  benefit:  after 4 active days of hiking and walking, relax and "recharge" in the natural hot springs  :-) 


Trip start/end: Bozeman, MT 

Walking & hiking distance:  30+ miles total / ~ 10 miles Daily 

Level of difficulty:  moderate with some strenuous sections

Highest elevation: 10.000 feet 

Accommodation:  Standard hotel, dbl sharing rooms w/ private bathroom 

NOT a backpacking trip

Good for Kids:  16+

Weather

Hikers should always be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions while hiking in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Temperatures in the mountains typically fluctuate as weather patterns change, especially at the higher elevations. Be prepared for rain , shine and wind.


The weather in the region in the late May can be very different and it depends on altitude. In general, we should expect day temperatures in the mid 60s, dropping close to freezing at night.  The chance of rain is possible.

Wearing layers is the best solution for this. Make sure you take waterproof jacket in case of rain! 

Cancellations policy

Participant can cancel their trip anytime prior departure with the following penalties: 

- Registration deposit is fully refundable if you cancel your trip in 31  or more days before departure. 

- Cancellation 30 to 21 days before departure - up to 50% of the Trip cost (incl. registration deposit)

- Cancellation 20 to 0 calendar days before departure – trip is non-refundable 

Trip cancellation insurance is advisable; it protects all registration deposits and payments for both air and land cost.

Packing list

Gear items:

- A small-size suitcase or Duffel bag  for your main luggage  (Note: Please don't bring bulky luggage as we won't have much room in a van trunk). 

- A small backpack 25-30L for day-hikes (to carry a water reservoir, an extra layer, a hiking snack,  sun block, and a personal first aid kit). 

- Head lamp - optional (good to have light when your hands are free always keep it in your backpack on a hiking trail)

- Trekking poles – VERY RECOMMENDED . Note: Hiking poles are not allowed in carry-on luggage unless they are collapsable, but the rules vary according to airlines)

- Water bottle or camelback reservoir (1.5-2L)

- Several zip lock bags for your personal garbage/leftovers during hiking days

- Sunblock (UV 50+) & lip balm

- Mosquito repellent

- Personal toiletries : toothpaste, toothbrush etc.

- Your personal first aid kit (personal medications you can’t do without). The guide will have essentials.

- Sunglasses 

- Face covering (needed on a flight and indoor public places, visitor centers etc)

- Ear plugs, if you are a sensitive sleeper


Outfit for hiking:

- Good sturdy high-ankled hiking boots, better if waterproof and well-worn before the trip  (!) Please don’t bring brand new boots, try them a few times on hiking trails before the trip, to avoid painful blisters while on a trip

- Comfortable tennis shoes (it's good to have a change of shoes for off-trail activities)

- Hiking pants  (shorts or yoga pants are not recommended – to prevent sunburns) 

- Light long-sleeved loose shirt (for sun and bugs protection)

- A change of long/short-sleeved t-shirts for hiking (preferably a quick-dry fabric, not cotton)

- A change of long hiking socks (not cotton. merino wool is the best) 

- Fleece jacket or light sweater

- A down-jacket for chilly evenings and mornings (down 700+)

- A wool or fleece beanie and gloves for chilly evenings and mornings

- A windbreaker / waterproof jacket (or plastic compact rain poncho is good to have)

- Sunhat

What’s included

  • Lodging
    4 night in comfortable hotels, twin rooms
  • Private Transportation
    Mini-van (12 seater), gas, parking fees included
  • Professional Assistance
    Local expert & guide Katya Belykh
  • Admissions
    Parks entrance fees, Granite hot springs
  • Flights
    to/from BZM, MT
  • Meals
    Allow a total average budget of ~$250
  • Travel Insurance
    advisory

Itinerary

Day 1
Yellowstone National Park; North & West

Team arrival in the morning to the airport of Bozeman, MT. 

Drivel to Yellowstone National Park,  North ( 1.5 h, mini-van)..

Exploring geysers and hot springs of Yellowstone NP.  You will learn about Yellowstone history and geology:  “Why there are so many earthquakes happening around Yellowstone caldera? Is the super-eruption possible  in the nearest future and should we afraid of that?"

Hiking around Mammoth Hot Springs – lower & upper loop ~3 miles.  

Exploring geysers and hot springs of Norris and Lower Geyser Basins ~1 to 3 miles  

Overnight in the lodge, West Yellowstone.

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
36 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

Reviews

The best part of any trip is to meet new people and get to know everyone in a group. You can't find a better place to do this then gorgeous Hawaii. The food was diverse and delicious, abundance of fruit will surprise anyone. Accomodations were comfortable and spacious. I can't wait for the next adventure to meet new and old friends
By Larysa Z for Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches on 12 Nov, 2021
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Another amazing trip with Safarika! My husband and I came back home rested, energized, and with new wonderful friends. Collecting our vacation time for another adventures with Safarika. Looking forward for new travels with beginner and medium level hikes.
By Olga K for Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches on 09 Nov, 2021
Thank you very much Karina and Alex for fantastic views, great company and delicious food!
By Victoria M for All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip on 14 Oct, 2021
It's my second trip with Karina. As the previous time everything was well organized: accommodations, transportation, permits, passes, dining.. All we have to care about - is to have fun! What I like the most about trips with Karina is a balance between challenging and interesting hikes - if you have to push yourself to get somewhere - be sure you'll be rewarded. Several trip highlights: - One of the most beautiful alpine lakes in Rocky Mountain NP - Sunrise hike with spectacular views over the park. Each picture taken there worth National Geographics cover - Variety of restaurants reserved ahead of time - And of course people!
By Valerii T for All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip on 12 Oct, 2021
The trip was awesome! Thank you so much Karina and Katya for making my dream of exploring Yellowstone NP come true. Unforgettable memories, beautiful pictures, wonderful company - everything was superb. I will travel with you again and would recommend you to anyone.
By Olesia M for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton (Moderate Hiking/ Hotels stay) on 28 Sep, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
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I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019